Infiniti, the statelier arm of Nissan, is steadily cultivating its profile in the United Kingdom – and its Q30 model should not be snubbed if the luxury hatchback class tickles your pickle.
Initial impressions of the Q30 are familiar, and that’s because it is based on the pre-facelift Mercedes-Benz A-Class. But the Infiniti looks the part, with an uncompromising deportment and low-slung roofline. Inside, plush seats invoke a feeling of quality and refinement.
I got behind the wheel of the Q30 1.6T 7DCT Business Edition. Even though it is substantial for a smallish car, the Infiniti copes with corners and bites into the bitumen as if it were appreciably lighter.
A sharp-shooting seven-speed automatic gearbox helps by changing up and down through the cogs smoothly. Performance-wise, the model’s 115ps and 250Nm of torque get into a frantic froth, pulling the car from 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds. The Infiniti isn’t wearisome to drive either, due to the Q30 requiring negligible steering inputs.
The cabin’s very comfortable seats have been intended to relieve pressure on the top and bottom of the back by supporting these areas more than in a conventional chair.
Elsewhere, you can identify elements shared with Mercedes-Benz; for example, the switchgear and the dashboard.
Infiniti has carried on the arching wave across the dash, which is seen on the outside of the Q30, and an imitation suede roof lining adds to the car’s well-to-do feel. The factory-installed infotainment system looks expensive as well, with well-defined screen graphics. Bluetooth and voice control are standard, too. Copious room in the front is offset by limited passenger headroom in the rear, but boot space is up with the best in class.
The significant aspect with the Infiniti Q30 is that it is produced to be a premium alternative to more everyday cars – and the outcome is a more well-heeled and easy-going experience than you would expect from your average hatchback.
- Boot Space
- Rear Headroom
- Max speed: 134mph
- 0-62 mph: 8.9 secs
- Combined mpg: 48.7
- Engine: 1595cc 4 cylinder 16 valve turbo petrol
- Max. power (PS): 115
- CO2: 136g/km
- Price: £23,600